Fine Arts News

List of 5 news stories.

  • Upper School Student Choreography Showcase (STUCHO)

    Wednesday, January 9, 7:30 p.m.
    Lowe Theater

    The Student Choreography Showcase, known as “STUCHO,” is a student-produced dance concert is in its eleventh year. Each year it gets better and better. This year, there are thirteen participants in the student choreography showcase. These choreographers are responsible for selecting their music, dancers, and costumes, as well as organizing rehearsal schedules.

    The student choreographers also will be working through the adjudication process, which will take place on Tuesday, November 6. They will present their work-in-progress and receive constructive feedback from the adjudicators. This year we welcome back adjudicators Peggy Hinojosa and Amy Blake. Hinojosa is a former dancer with the San Francisco Ballet and a former TUTS faculty member who currently teaches and sets choreography throughout the Houston area. Amy Blake is the Owner and Director of Amy Blake’s Dance Academy located in Friendswood and has danced in the Houston area for years as a professional dancer.

    This year’s student choreographers are Olivia Doan and Catherine Lu, Sarah Hill, Catherine Huang, Athena Adrogué, Yukiko Chevray, Connie Yu, Mira Thakur and Allison Biegel, Karli Fisher, Angela Whittle, Bailey Maierson, and Lauren Schwartz. They will be joined by the following dancers: Lena McZeal, Eliot Aiman, Dian Yu, Thalie Waters, Mckenna Grabowski, and dancers from Terpsichore and Caprice III. This year’s choreographers will present works from different styles of dance such as hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, and lyrical.

    New this year, Johnnycake members will participate in a lighting workshop like the student choreographers taught by Edgar Guajardo, one of Houston’s top lighting designers for dance and theater. Johnnycake’s lighting designers will work to incorporate the mood the choreographer is trying to convey for the dance into their lighting design on stage. During production week, the choreographers, dancers, and lighting designers will spend many hours working to fine tune the show. Dance faculty member Dorrell Martin oversees and advises on all aspects of the student choreography process.

    Come and enjoy these talented young choreographers as they express their artistry through dances and lighting designers.
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  • Middle School Visual Arts Exhibit

    January 14-25
    Clare Attwell Glassell Gallery

    Student art from the second quarter of Class 7 and Class 8 will be displayed as an integrated show of the developing artistic talents of St. John’s Middle School students and the Visual Arts program. The exhibition, which runs in the Glassell Gallery from January 14–25, will include illustrations, mixed media collages, and painting collages. There will be a closing reception on Wednesday, January 23, from 12:00-12:40 p.m. Come see the work of these talented students!
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  • Upper School Studio Play: Red Herring

    Wednesday, January 30, and Thursday, January 31, 7:30 p.m.
    Black Box Theater

    Three love stories, a murder mystery, and a nuclear espionage plot converge in this noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devices. It's 1952: America's on the verge of the H-bomb, Dwight Eisenhower's on the campaign trail, and I Love Lucy is on Monday nights. Meanwhile, Senator Joe McCarthy's daughter just got engaged to a Soviet spy, and Boston detective Maggie Pelletier has to find out who dumped the dead guy in the Harbor — or lose out on a honeymoon in Havana. Red Herring is a blunt-nosed, sharp-eyed look at love and tying (and untying, and retying) the knot.

    The show features performances from Alexander Adrogue, Natalie Brown, George Hagle, Noura Jabir, Scott Koh, Eli Maierson, Louisa Sarofim, Sebastian Varma, and Sacha Waters. Red Herring is sure to keep you guessing, and laughing, to the very end.

    Red Herring is stage managed by Nathaniel Crain with assistant stage manager Morgan Self. Tickets go on sale January 23 and may be purchased online via credit card or at the door the evening of the performances. General Admission tickets are $13. Seating is limited to 100 patrons per performance. The play contains mature themes.
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  • Upper School Choral-Orchestral Festival

    Monday, February 4, 7:30 p.m.
    The Church of St. John the Divine

    On Monday, February 4, Upper School Choirs and Chamber Strings will present their annual Choral-Orchestral Festival. Les Chanteuses will perform “Creatures of Light” from the cantata Snow Angel by Sarah Quartel as well as Pentatonix’s hit “White Winter Hymnal.” Kantorei will perform "My Spirit Sang All Day," a neo-madrigal by Gerald Finzi and Ola Gjeilo's haunting motet "Northern Lights."

    The Upper School Philharmonia will perform the 3rd movement of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 by J.S. Bach, and Chamber Strings will perform William Grant Still's "Danzas de Panama." The combined Upper School Strings will present Concerto Polonois by G.P. Telemann.

    Chorale then will join Chamber Strings for G.F. Handel's grandiloquent Coronation Anthems. These stirring paeans were Handel's first commissioned pieces as a naturalized British citizen. They were composed for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline in 1727 and have been wildly popular ever since. Admission is free.
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  • Middle School Pop Show: You Will Be Found

    Thursday, February 7, 4:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.owe Theater
    Lowe Theater

    The Pop Show culminates a year of hard work by the Middle School treble choir, Cantatores. This year’s Pop Show, You Will Be Found, will feature the members of Cantatores and the Boy Choir. The show will feature songs from modern Broadway as well as a few of the classics. Students will perform music from Wicked, In the Heights, Hamilton, and Dear Evan Hansen. We hope you will join us for this wonderful production!

    Brendan Emig and Megan Henry direct the Pop Show and have been working with Cantatores since the fall to find suitable songs. The girls from Class 8 had the opportunity to suggest songs they wished to perform, and Mr. Emig found appropriate arrangements. Because the Pop Show is accompanied by a live band, Mr. Emig and Mr. Doucet worked together to extract instrumental parts if none were available. Scott Bonasso leads the Boy Choir. Mrs. Arouty and Ms. Wilson expertly choreograph the performance.

    There is no admission charge. DVDs of the performance may be purchased online at You won’t want to miss this night of wonderful singing and dancing!
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